• Friday, January 30, 2015

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Stop this butchery

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Stop this butchery

It is the photograph of two and a half years old Safir that we find so unbearable. I have recently visited Hiroshima Museum of the atomic bomb victims. There are heart-rending pictures of the devastation where I have seen photographs of child victims of the carnage. Those who survived were burnt by the...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam
Mockery of Democracy-3

Published Date: January 16, 2015
BNP-Jamaat's mindless violence, again

BNP-Jamaat's mindless violence, again

A bus helper was burnt alive in the early hours yesterday, in Gazipur, near Dhaka when blockaders set fire to the bus in which he was sleeping. On the day before, in Rangpur, five people, including a child, were burnt to death when a petrol bomb was thrown at a running bus. So...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam
Mockery of Democracy 2

Published Date: January 9, 2015
'Internment' of BNP chief, a dangerous precedent

'Internment' of BNP chief, a dangerous precedent

The Awami League will not be in power forever, nor will Sheikh Hasina be the prime minister. Power might change hands in future elections. But some of the precedents that are being set might haunt us for many years to come, as some past precedents have done for so many years, severely crippling...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: January 7, 2015
Making a mockery of democracy

Making a mockery of democracy

There is nothing much in Khaleda Zia's politics that we find worthy of support. Her alliance with Jamaat - a party that publicly and actively opposed our Liberation War, and many of whose leaders have been found guilty of crimes against humanity - continues to alienate her and her party from freedom fighters,...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 19, 2014
The massacred children are 'Ours'

The massacred children are 'Ours'

Ever since the massacre of children in Pakistan I have been thinking about the mindset of the people who carried it out. I was trying to understand what sort of a narrative could have made the assailants so barbaric and how could events have been so perversely interpreted for them as to make...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

That is what our Human Rights Day is -- a farce. A country that has shameful number of extrajudicial killings, extremely high number of disappearances and, most disturbingly, a government which is at best nonchalant or at worst tacitly acquiescing  of it can only observe the International Humans Rights day as a human...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 5, 2014
Whatever happened to our sense of decency?

Whatever happened to our sense of decency?

When politics and politicians become abusive, it is a clear sign that democracy is not working, for one of the preconditions of democracy is a minimum sense of decency in how we conduct ourselves. Alas, we have lost that “sense of decency” in the AL-BNP confrontational politics of the last two decades whose most...

CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2014

Published Date: December 4, 2014
Bangladesh slides: Why?

Bangladesh slides: Why?

ACCORDING to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2014 released by Transparency International (TI) on December 3 Bangladesh's position has worsened in both score and ranking. Bangladesh has scored 25 on a scale of 0-100 this year, two points less than its score in 2013, resulting in a slide of nine steps in global...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Redesigning economics to redesign the world

Redesigning economics to redesign the world

WILL the present economic system be able to establish appropriate level of moral, social, and material balance in the world?   I don't think it can. The present system is like an impersonal sucking machine which thrives on continuously sucking juice from the bottom to the top. The higher you are in the system, the more juice you are able to suck. It is not because bad people are running the machine; just that the machine is built that way. The system was not designed to have any moral responsibility. At least that is not in practice. Discussion on moral responsibilities is an after-thought. This machine turns people into money-centric robots. The...

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AWAKENING INDIA

Published Date: November 17, 2014
The politics of UN leadership

ELECTION cycles are growing longer worldwide. In the United States, for example, ambitious politicians are already campaigning hard in bellwether states for the 2016 presidential election. Yet some races -- such as that for the next United Nations secretary-general, which will also be held in 2016 -- still occur largely under the radar. This should change. A race for UN secretary-general, which is usually fought so discreetly that it seems almost clandestine, bears little resemblance to the razzmatazz of an...